Water Park Fun in Michigan (No Matter the Season)

In the summer, the mercury can rise and conditions can get muggy and sticky in Michigan. In the winter, temperatures can drop to frozen tundra levels. Regardless of the season, water parks in the state can offer a respite from the weather. In the summer, there are plenty of outdoor water parks at which to cool down. In the winter (as well as the rest of the year), Michigan offers a surprising number of indoor water parks that can simulate a tropical getaway.

Before we run down Michigan's water parks, here are some resources to find nearby fun places and make travel plans:

The following parks are operating (some are seasonal) and are arranged in alphabetical order:

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Avalanche Bay in Boyne Falls

Avalanche Bay Michigan water park
Boyne Mountain Resort

Indoor water park resort

An especially large facility (billed as Michigan's largest indoor water park) located at the Boyne Mountain ski resort, Avalanche Bay's attractions include a FlowRider surf simulator, a lazy river, body slides, tube slides, a bowl ride, a huge interactive water play structure with tipping bucket, an activity pool, whirlpool spas, and a climbing wall. Admission is available for both hotel guests at the resort and for the general public.

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Bavarian Inn Water Park in Frankenmuth

Bavarian Inn Water Park Michigan
Bavarian Inn

Indoor water park resort

This is a small park with an enclosed body slide, a bowl slide, activity pools with sprayers and other interactive elements, a zero-depth pool that offers easy access for younger children, an adult pool, and a whirlpool. Also offers a large family fun center with mini-golf and arcade games. The park is open to registered hotel guests only.

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Flash Flood Water Park in Battle Creek

Flash Flood Water Park Michigan
City of Battle Creek

Outdoor and indoor park

Flash Flood is a small water park that is part of Full Blast, a municipal recreation center. It offers outdoor water slides, indoor water slides, zero depth entry pools, and a water playground. Although it includes indoor water park attractions, it is not open in the colder months.

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Gold Rush Water Park at Double JJ Resort in Rothbury

Gold Rush water park at Double JJ Resort
Double JJ Resort

Indoor water park resort

Gold Rush Water Park is medium-sized with a bowl ride, a family raft ride, a lazy river, some decent body and tube slides, a wave pool, and an interactive play center with small slides and a tipping bucket. It is open to registered hotel guests and the general public.

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Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City

Great Wolf Lodge Michigan
Great Wolf Lodge

Indoor water park resort

The Traverse City location is one of the Great Wolf Lodge chain's smaller parks. Its attractions include an interactive water play structure, a toboggan-style water slide, tube slide, an activity pool, body slides, and a lazy river. The water park is open only to registered guests of the hotel.

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Holland Aquatic Center in Holland

Holland Aquatic Center Splash Zone in Michigan

Holland Aquatic Center

Indoor water park

The recreational facility offers a 150-foot water slide, a Splash Zone interactive water play center., a vortex pool with water cannons, a zipline, water basketball, and the AquaTrack obstacle course. The facility also includes two large pools for recreational, instructional, and lap swimming, a therapy pool, and a whirlpool spa. In 2022, Holland Aquatic Center will be expanding and adding a lazy river, a second water slide, and a zero-entry wading pool.

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Red Oaks SplashTown in Madison Heights

Red Oaks Waterpark in Michigan
Oakland County Parks

Outdoor water park

Red Oaks SplashTown is a small, municipal park with a water play area, an interactive water playground, a wave pool a lazy river, and a water slide complex.

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Soaring Eagle Waterpark in Mt. Pleasant

Soaring Eagle Waterpark Michigan
Soaring Eagle Waterpark

Indoor water park resort

Soaring Eagle is a medium-sized park with a FlowRider surfing attraction, interactive water play center with dump bucket, water slides, lazy river, log walk, and climbing wall. The park is open to registered guests and the general public.

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Splash Universe in Dundee

Splash Universe RiverRun
 Splash Universe RiverRun

Indoor water park resort

Splash Universe is a small park with a lazy river, tube slides, body slides, an interactive water play structure with a dump bucket, an activity pool, and a whirlpool spa. It is open to registered hotel guests and the general public.

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Surfari Joe’s Indoor Wilderness Waterpark in Watervliet

Surfari Joe's water park Michigan

Marriott International

Indoor water park

Surfari Joe’s is a small park with a lazy river, kids water play area, and water slides. It is located at the Fairfield Inn & Suites Watervliet St. Joseph and is open to registered hotel guests and the general public.

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Waterford Oaks Waterpark in Waterford

Waterford Oaks Waterpark
Oakland County

Outdoor water park

This is a small, municipal park with a wave pool, a children's water playground, and a water slide.

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Wayne County Family Aquatic Center in Detroit

Wayne County Family Aquatic Center Michigan
City of Detroit

Outdoor water park

This is a comparatively small municipal park with two water slides, an aquatic play area, and a wave pool.

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WildWater Adventure in Muskegon

WildWater Adventure at Michigan's Adventure
Cedar Fair Parks

Outdoor water park

WildWater Adventure is one of Michigan’s largest water parks. It is adjacent to and included with admission to the theme park, Michigan's Adventure. Among the many attractions are two wave pools, a funnel ride, a lazy river, a family raft ride, multiple water slides, a water play center, and other activities for young children.

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Zehnder's Splash Village in Frankenmuth

Zehnder's Splash Village Michigan water park resort
Zehnder's Splash Village

Indoor water park resort

Zehnder's Splash Village is a medium-sized park with water slides, a lazy river, an interactive water play structure with a dump bucket, a toddlers play area, and hot tub whirlpool. It is open to registered hotel guests only.